CRASH will monitor safety-seat use

January 15, 1995|By Bill Talbott | Bill Talbott,Sun Staff Writer

The Carroll Resources to Advance Safer Highways Coalition, known as the CRASH Coalition, is planning a series of Child Passenger Checkpoints early next month after a Child Passenger Safety Awareness Week program.

CRASH is working with law enforcement agencies in the county, the Department of Education and other groups.

The child safety seat check will be educational and punitive, if necessary, members of the agencies involved said at a meeting at the county health department last week. Drivers whose children are placed incorrectly in a safety seat will be taught to protect their child properly.

Checkpoints will be set up near some county elementary schools, a spokesman said.

Those with children not in a safety seat could receive a warning or will be instructed where to get a safety seat. The health department will lend seats to those who cannot afford them, said Christine Miller, injury prevention coordinator for CRASH.

The county health department also will be a collection site for a "Bounty Program," where people may donate child safety seats no longer needed for use in the loaner program. Other collection sites will be announced later.

Seats that do not meet today's requirements and are unsafe will be destroyed. Seats meeting the requirements will be cleaned and repaired, Ms. Miller said.

Members of the coalition are searching for incentives for parents to turn in unused seats.

Incentives will be announced at the next meeting.

Coalition members watched "Present Trauma in the State of Maryland," a slide show presented by two registered nurses who helped start the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in 1978.

Beverly Dearing-Stuck and Debbi Yohn, both assigned to the Office of Trauma Prevention, said they realized the need years ago to target high-risk adolescents who have been arrested on suspicion of drinking and driving or possession of alcohol in a moving vehicle.

They initiated a program to introduce the teen-agers to the trauma center and to offer tours focusing on patients involved in alcohol- or drug-related accidents.

The teen-agers see patients suffering from severe trauma.

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